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Backaert extends contract

Backaert extends contract

Frederik Backaert has extended his contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert for one year. The Flandrien begins in 2018 his fifth season in the Belgian ProContinental team. Backaert, 27 years old, started as a pro in 2014 and won the 7th stage of the Tour of Austria in 2016. The rider from Brakel starts his first Tour de France in July.

Frederik Backaert:

"I wanted to sign before the Tour of France so I could assure my future and take some pressure away. That does not change my motivation for the Tour, in which I want to show myself! Since the start at the team four years ago, I notice progression every year. Not only in budget but also structural. The ambiance has also been continuously improved here. I hope to grow each year, as I have done so far. "

"I also had contact with other teams, but in a WorldTour team I should always work for a leader. I would like to take my own chances sometimes. I want to continue to focus on the classics, and maybe finish a grand tour to increase my engine. The team has confidence in me. That brings motivation and results."